Car Servicing Schedule Examples


Car Servicing and RepairCars do not need to be serviced as often as they used to, but correct servicing is still as important as ever if you want to maintain your car’s reliability and maximise its resale value.

Choose from one of the options below to see our suggested service requirements*:

I Drive Less Than 10,000 Miles per Year

At we believe that all cars benefit from an annual service, regardless of how few miles they have been driven.

Your car’s oil will need changing after a year of use and over the course of a year, lots of problems can develop without you noticing. In our opinion, an annual service is essential to ensure your car stays safe to drive and in good working order.

The best way to meet this requirement is with an annual Full Service.

(It can be a good idea to combine your car’s annual MOT with a service, if possible – that way, the car should be serviced first and then MOT’ed. This should mean that any potential MOT problems will be picked up and fixed during the service, ensuring that it passes its MOT first time.)

I Drive Between 10,000 and 20,000 Miles per Year

The most practical solution for drivers doing between 10,000 and 20,000 miles per year is simply to have a Full Service every 10,000 miles.

This will probably mean every 6-10 months but will ensure that your car does not go more than 12 months without a Full Service and will avoid the expense of additional interim services or oil changes.

I Drive More Than 20,000 Miles per Year

For high mileage drivers (e.g. 20,000+ miles per year), two or more Full Services each year could be excessive.

A good alternative is to alternate between an Interim Service and a Full Service – so a driver doing 20,000 miles a year would have their car serviced every 10,000 miles, once for an Interim Service and once for a Full Service.

My Car Is Still Under Warranty

For cars that are still within the manufacturer warranty period, we recommend following the manufacturers servicing recommendations exactly and using a main dealer to maximise future resale value.

Although main dealer servicing is proven to help resale value and saleability, it is not a legal requirement to validate the warranty. Since the Block Exemption Act was introduced in 2003, any garage can service a car under warranty as long as the correct manufacturer-approved parts (including oil) are used.

*These are general guidelines that apply to many current and recent car models. Always check your car’s service manual for the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.

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2 thoughts on “Car Servicing Schedule Examples

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I have my car serviced every 2500 miles. If you read you car Insurance policy most state that the cars needs to be serviced as per manufactures specification.

    • December 4, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Hi Newton,

      I assume you meant 25,000 miles? I know that many new cars have so-called extended service intervals, but given the low annual mileage of many drivers this can result in going 2-3 years without a service. I don’t think this is appropriate from a safety or reliability point of view.

      Lots of things can become loose, damaged or worn during a year of usage that will only be spotted by skilled manual inspection. These issues can become dangerous or costly if left unchecked.

      In addition, as many drivers do low mileages and lots of short journeys, their oil is likely to become degraded and in need of replacement much sooner than 20-25,000 miles. Later in the car’s life, this could affect the reliability and longevity of the engine.

      Although I accept your point about cars needing to be serviced in accordance with manufacturers’ schedules, there is nothing to prevent you having a car serviced more regularly than specified. An annual interim service (i.e. oil change and inspection) is the minimum I believe is necessary for any car.

      The only thing to make sure of is that the oil and parts used are manufacturer approved, in order not to invalidate the warranty on a new car.

      This is only my opinion, of course, and I accept that with the manufacturer telling you not to service the car until 25,000 miles, there shouldn’t be any reason to do anything different!




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